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Renk County Inspector appeals to Youth to refrain from attacking NGOs

Oct 31, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — Renk County Inspector, Major General Manyok, has appealed to the youth in Renk to refrain from attacking the Non-Governmental organizations over employment issues.

Youth addressing a protest in Renk on Monday, January 17, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
Youth addressing a protest in Renk on Monday, January 17, 2020(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

The police inspector urged the youths to channel their concerns to the state government instead of attacking the humanitarian organizations in the area.

“These NGOs are our guests and they come here to serve us, not to invest. Therefore, I am appealing to the youth refrain from any activity that is against any NGO,” Maj. General Manyok told a local radio station.

The youths in Renk recently launched an attack on the NGOs accusing them of not employing the youths in the area.

The attack ended up with them burning down an NGO food store in the area.

These actions were condemned by the UN-OCHA, saying it amounted to intimidation that only results in delays of the much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable people there.

The NGOs operating in the Sudan were forced to hold a crisis forum to address the issues of local youth employment as well as the security of their humanitarian workers.

During the forum, the NGO’s said that their hiring process meets the ministry of labour requirements which stipulates that at least 80 percent of the International NGO staff members must be South Sudanese. It added that does not condition that the 80 percent of those hired must be locals from a certain community where the NGOs operate.

The NGOs stressed that they look for qualified employees within the country without any prejudice or discrimination.

The South Sudan’s Labour and Public Service Minister, General James Hoth Mai said that NGOs are supposed to hire at least three positions in the local area which includes that of drivers, cleaners and security personnels.

“One of the things in our labor laws is that 80 percent of the staff employed by organizations have to be South Sudanese. This is in place. And also in the areas where these NGOs work, three positions have to be hired locally and not from outside. It means they have to be citizens of the local area. One is drivers. Drivers have to be recruited locally. Number two is the position of cleaners. Number three is security-those who protect and guard the premises of the organizations. We, in the labor ministry, have said these three positions should be filled by locals and not people brought from elsewhere.” The minister said in a radio interview.

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